Herrin Knob Falls - Nantahala National Forest
Herrin Knob Falls

10-11-15  Herrin Knob Falls is a nice little 20' high waterfall on Tanasee Creek - the same creek Dill Falls is on, but accessed from a different parking spot along FR4663. My pal Bernie Boyer discovered this set of falls back in 2007 and brought me for a look. At the time, I wasn't adding any off trail waterfalls to this site, but decided to add it since it's now in Kevin Adams' North Carolina Waterfalls guide book. There's no trail to this waterfall. The bushwhack is about 0.4 miles and not really difficult or overly dangerous, but it's up to you to decide if you like walking through briars, stinging nettle, possibly crawling over fallen trees, walking side hill, wondering if you're going to step on a snake or a yellow jacket nest, etc. I always wear long pants when I go off trail and suggest that you do also. I revisited the falls in October 2015 for new pictures (it's now July 2017), and I'll go back for updated 'trail' conditions when I get back to that area. If you go any time soon, be on the look out for logging trucks in the area!

Directions:  Coming from Brevard, take US64 west out of town and turn right on NC215 at Headwaters Outfitters. Drive 14 miles on 215 north and turn left on the gravel Forest Road 4663. This kind of looks like someone's driveway, but last time I was by, there was still a brown and white National Forest sign indicating FR4663 on the right side if 215. If you are coming from the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive south on 215 for 2.5 miles and turn right on FR4663. This forest road is one that is closed during the winter months. This road is narrow in places, so drive slowly! I've seen dirt bikes and ATV's on the road, so watch out for those also. The gate is 0.6 miles down the road from 215 as some of the land before this is private property. At 1.9 miles down FR4663 from 215, you'll pass the left turn to go to Dill Falls. At 2.9 miles you'll cross Tanasee Creek and the parking for Herrin Knob Falls. The road is fairly wide here, so park anywhere that you are out of the way.

Begin the hike on the right side of the creek looking up creek (river left). Look for an old logging road and follow it for 1/4 mile until it meets the creek. Cross the creek and bushwhack the remaining 0.2 miles to the waterfall. Sounds easy - right? Tanasee Creek is really pretty in this area and you might spot some other smaller cascades before you get to Herrin Knob Falls that make good photo subjects. The first picture below is one of those cascades and the last 2 are from my 2007 visit to the waterfall.

along Tanasee Creek
along Tanasee Creek

Herrin Knob Falls - Nantahala National Forest

Herrin Knob Falls - Nantahala National Forest
Herrin Knob Falls

 

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